Team KK brings together decades of experience and deep expertise in a number of areas, including competition law, trade development, regulatory compliance and public policy.
Kirti Kumar Mehta
Mr. Kirti Mehta is former Cartels Director in the Directorate General for Competition in the European Commission. Holding a Ph.D in Quantitative economics specialising in the fields of competitive analysis and international trade from London School of Economics, Kirti Mehta’s last assignment with DG Competition, EU Commission, was that of Principal Advisor. Prior to joining the Commission, he was a senior economist in the Commodity Analysis and Export Projections department of the World Bank, Washington D.C.
His expertise principally covers competition and trade law and economics. Aside from enforcement responsibilities, he directed the development of EU Commission’s market definition notice and guidelines on merger transactions as well as revisions of guidelines on vertical restraints, joint ventures, technology transfer agreements and legislative texts on horizontal state aids.
Bankim P Mehta
Mr. Bankim Mehta is a dynamic entrepreneur, who has made many path-breaking achievements in the financial world. He has been in the equity markets as a broker as well as an investor for almost three decades. He has been instrumental in attracting NRI funds to Indian markets via his valuable contacts in the broking and banking industry within as well as outside India (MENA region).
He has won laurels for attracting funds in to India’s primary market. Some of his achievements include – the largest mobilisation of India Fund of UTI, and the largest procurement of SBI’s India Development Bonds. Some of the major syndications done by Mr. Mehta for large and mid-size corporations (Indian and international) are in excess of a billon US Dollars.
Kaushal K Sharma
Mr. KK Sharma is former Director General & Head of Merger Control and Antitrust Divisions of the Competition Commission of India (CCI). He has to his credit the distinction of drafting the competition law and regulations in India and overseeing their enforcement thereafter. Mr. Sharma has investigated several cases of competition law violations falling under a number of sectors as the first Director General of the functional CCI.
The creation of Merger Review Format for India, drafting of merger regulations and overseeing the first few merger clearances was done under his leadership. He has a comprehensive experience, of nearly three decades, in various Government departments and public bodies, including direct tax administration, the Competition Commission of India as well as the private sector.
A regular speaker at national and international Conferences on competition law, he is an active member of International Competition Network (ICN) Merger Working Group. Mr. Sharma is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, a qualified lawyer and an economics masters. He is trained in competition law economics from King’s College, London.
Dr. Derek Ireland has worked as an economist, policy analyst and manager in the Canadian public and private sectors for 45 years. His positions in government were Senior Economist and Director of Economics and International Affairs at the Canadian Competition Bureau from 1990 to 1995; and Director of Consumer Policy Research and Acting Director-General for the Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) of Industry Canada from 1995 to 1998. His extensive international experience includes more than 30 major consulting assignments in China on urban and regional development, infrastructure financing and regulatory reform for the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and local governments; as well as research and policy development work in several other developing countries such as Malaysia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, and in Botswana working with the Secretariat of the Southern Africa Development Community on the enforcement of competition and consumer protection laws among the SADC Member States.
Mr. Ireland has a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia and an MA in Economics from Carleton University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy at Carleton University Ottawa Canada, with his research focused on competition policy, law and institutions, governance and regulatory reform in developing and emerging market economies.
Swaminathan S A Aiyar
Mr. Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is a research fellow at the Cato Institute with a special focus on India and Asia. His research interests include economic change in developing countries, human rights and civil strife, political economy, energy, trade and industry. He is a columnist and TV commentator in India, well-known for a popular weekly column titled “Swaminomics” in the Times of India.
He is the author of Escape from the Benevolent Zookeepers – The Best of Swaminomics (New Delhi: Times of India, 2008) and has been called “India’s leading economic journalist” by Stephen Cohen of the Brookings Institution. He has been the editor of India’s two biggest financial dailies, The Economic Times and Financial Express, and was also the India correspondent of The Economist for two decades. He has frequently been a consultant to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He holds a masters degree in economics from Oxford University, UK.
Mr. Frank Fine has been practicing EC competition law in Brussels since 1986. Mr Fine, amongst other prestigious assignments, currently serves as the Executive Director of the China Institute of International Antitrust and Investment, established in March 2012 under the auspices of the China University of Law and Political Science, where he is Visiting Professor of Competition Law.
Mr Fine obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola International & Comparative Law Journal. He subsequently obtained an LL.M. (with honors) and Ph.D. in EC Competition Law from the University of Cambridge in England.
Ms. Nivedita Sharma is having more than 20 years of rich experience in international corporate and commercial laws, arbitration, property, environment laws, Media & Broadcasting, Infrastructure & Energy Laws. Ms. Sharma acted as standing counsel for union of India in many high profile cases.
Ms. Sharma is well known public interest litigation lawyer. She has fought many important PIL’s including for Unsolicited Marketing Calls and Preservation of Environment & Ground Water. She has special interest in the field of Environment Infrastructure, Media and Broadcasting, and Community Service. She is an active member and office bearer of several Associations
Alkanshree Dahar holds an L.L.B. degree from Delhi University and was awarded Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Honours) from Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi. She practiced for many years in London while extensively dealing with matters relating to Oil & Gas Sector. Her other practice areas of specialization are Aviation Law, Maritime Law, Media Law, Infrastructure, Joint Ventures, Intellectual Properties Rights and International Arbitration.
Alkanshree Dahar was appointed counsel for Indian Oil Corporation for its Jamnagar Pipeline Refinery Project, which was a project of national importance that cut across four states in India. She is also advisor to many Oil Companies on environmental and related legal issues. She advised IOC on SKO, which was being introduced for the first time in India. She has also done extensive work in the areas of project finance and ECB’s.
Debasish Moitra is the senior partner of the firm and holds a master’s degree in commerce with an L.L.B. degree and is also qualified as a Corporate Secretary.
Mr. Moitra is having more than 26 years of specialization in corporate and commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration, real estate laws, Intellectual Property Rights, infrastructure laws, labor and environment laws, banking and debt recovery laws.
Mr. Moitra also has rich experience in litigation including criminal, writ, private international laws and has represented a number of PSU’s and various global corporations before various forums, tribunals and courts.
He is actively acting as co arbitrator with Retd. Chief Justice of India and Retd. Delhi High Court Judges in many high profile cases. Mr. Debasish also speaks regularly at various domestic and international forums, conferences.
Shantha Devi Raman
Shantha Devi Ramano has a rich experience of around 3 decades in litigatin, arbitration and corporate practices. She is known for her civil law practices, consumer, contractual issues, insurance service matters, real estate, property related litigation and Arbitration.
She has been an integral part of various conferences and conclaves focusing on various socio-economic and legal genres. She has been a panel speaker at seminars and discussions on the prevailing laws of the land and has been felicitated by “Bhartiya Bhasha Abhiyaan” in “Women Advocate’s Conference.” She is head Legal Affairs of an NGO “Dignity Restoration & Grievance Settlement Association” which has been actively working all over the country to provide fast and free redressal to consumers and also educating consumers of their rights.
She is advising a number of MNC’s, domestic corporate entities and high net worth individuals in joint venture projects and rendered consultancy services on legal and statutory documentations & procedures. Her acumen involves drafting and vetting of high complex legal agreements such as shareholding agreements, JV agreements, technology transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements and various employment related agreements. She has been assisting the clients in devising their strategies pertaining to matters related to regulatory and other corporate commercial issues.